The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Tonkins came from the Aramaic personal name Thomas,
which means twin.
This became one of the most popular Christian names in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Tonkins developed from the pet form Tom,
to which the diminutive suffix -kin
was appended. The surname also features the suffix -son,
which superseded other patronymic
suffixes in popularity during the 14th century and was most popular in the north of England
Early Origins of the Tonkins family
The surname Tonkins was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Reasheath from early times. Here, most of the family were found at Willington. " It is situated on the south-west side of Delamere Forest, and comprises 977a. 3r. 17p., of which, deducting 30 acres of wood, two-thirds are pasture and one-third arable land, mostly the property of Colonel Tomkinson. The mansion of Colonel Tomkinson, standing on the borders of the forest, is a modern and elegant building in the Elizabethan style." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Tonkins family
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Tonkins Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tonkins family name include Tomkinson, Tompkinson, Thomkinson, Thompkinson and others.
Early Notables of the Tonkins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tonkins family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tonkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Matthew Tonkins, aged 20, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
Tonkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Tonkins, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Thomas Tonkins, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- William Tonkins, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840